Professor Graham Mair

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (B8)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

An internationally recognised science leader in the seafood industry specialising in aquaculture and genetic breeding programs. A highly experienced professional, most comfortable when operating at the interface between the end user and the research provider and focused on the delivery of tangible outputs and real commercial outcomes. Also extensive prior experience in aquaculture R&D in an international development context and as a tertiary educator.

Strong international profile, as demonstrated by election to the Presidency of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS - 2013). Chaired World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 attended by >2000 delegates. Recipient of four research excellence awards and recent top MBA student award.

As Program Manager for Production Innovation with the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre for the past 8 years, variously known as the "Pragmatic Professor", the "details man" and the "quiet achiever". In this role adapted a strong science background and applied major strengths of innovation and legacy building to develop and implement over 100 research projects (valued at >AU$30M). Worked closely with aquaculture and wild catch business leaders to identify researchable constraints and build end user driven research partnerships. Working with 40 researchers across multiple partners, delivered on all government mandated milestones and produced over 75 tangible outputs the majority of which have been effectively commercialised by end users. There are multiple legacies in Australia’s seafood industry as evidence of the strength of this cooperative R&D. 

My goal is to deliver an enduring legacy in the seafood industry nationally and internationally through focused and effective application of R&D linked to clear commercialisation strategies.


University of South Australia: Masters in Business Administration 2010 - 2013

Queensland University of Technology: Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation 2012 - 2013

University of Wales, Swansea, Wales, UK: PhD Fish Genetics 1984-1988

University of Liverpool, England: BSc. Hon.s. Marine Biology 2(i)

Honours, awards and grants
  • Chancellors List MBA 2013. UniSA’s highest academic award presented to top 2 graduates in each MBA program (recognition as having the highest grades of over 1,000 students)
  • Finalist The Australian Innovation Challenge Awards, Brisbane, 2011 for “Rocklobster translocation - a win for fisherman and the environment” for CRC Program 1 research project 2006/220 (Spatial management of southern rock lobster fisheries to improve yield, value and sustainability)
  • Participant in team conducting Southern Bluefin Tuna Propagation Research Team voted Time™ Magazine’s second best invention of 2011
  • Winner (with the Seafood CRC and partners) “South Australian Excellence in Research – Collaboration” award 2010
  • Winner (with the Seafood CRC and partners) of the Australian CRC Association’s Excellence in Innovation Award 2010
  • Julian Banzon Award from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology for Outstanding Research (Applied) and Development Work 1996.
  • The award of a “Certificate of Excellence” by the Department of Agriculture of the Republic of the Philippines for “meritorious and distinguished services” to aquaculture 1995
Key responsibilities

Responsible for coordination and communication among marine scientists at Flinders.
Responsible for R & D in aquaculture and seafood production
Responsible for teaching in Aquaculture degree and joint degrees

Topic coordinator
BIOL3731 Aquaculture Reproduction
BIOL8831 Aquaculture Reproduction
Topic lecturer
BIOL1201 Introduction to Aquaculture
BIOL1112 Biology and Society
BIOL8732 Aquaculture systems and technology
Supervisory interests
Aquaculture genetics
Aquaculture, fish, crustacean, mollusc
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: fish genetics; murray cod; breeding; silver perch; aquaculture (1), polychaete worms; baitworms, new species aquaculture; aquaculture; fatty acid profiles (1), prawns, chromosome set manipulation, sterility, aquaculture, breeding (1), marron, aquaculture, breeding, aquaculture systems (1)
Associate supervisor: Yellowtail Kingfish; Southern Bluefin Tuna; Feeding; Nutrition; aquaculture (1)
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